“… The patient reached up under the pillow of his bed with his left hand and pulled out a long barreled .38 revolver…”
It was a typical medical assist call with the local EMS unit. The patient was a man in his late sixties suffering from diabetes and was a kidney dialysis patient. When our crew of 4 personnel (the driver remained with the apparatus, leaving 3, myself and 2 firefighters, to handle the incident) arrived we found the patient between the bed and the wall refusing to get up. Moments after our arrival 2 EMS personnel arrived and the 5 of us to deal with the patient. The patient, who was very beligerent and uncooperative, refused to allow us to stick his finger to check his blood sugar level. After about 10 minutes of struggling with the patient we finally got him on the bed and stuck his toe because the kept his fists closed so we couldn’t stick his finger. The patient kept telling us to leave and “get out of my house”, but his wife, who had called us wanted him cared for and taken to the hospital. She also kept telling us that he had never acted like that before. Determined we got and IV started and were into the routine of struggling one minute then relaxing when he relaxed. After about 15 minutes we were just about to load him on the cot when he began rock from side to side with his arms crossed on his chest. Concerned that he might pull the IV loose I leaned towards him as he rocked over on his right side. When he did so he reached up under the pillow of his bed with his left hand and pulled out a long barreled .38 revolver and brought it up in front of my face and swung it towards one of my firefighters. I dove atop the patient and held down his arm and the same firefighter pried the gun from his hand. Our saving grace was that the man never put his finger on the trigger. Needless to say we never take medical calls for granted from now on.